The Moderating Effect on an Internship Programme on the Relationship between Motivational Factors and Students` Carrier Decision in the Hospitality Industry in China

  • Hui ZHANG School of Tourism Management Beifang University of Nationalities, China
  • Basri RASHID School of Tourism, Hospitality and Environmental Management Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia
  • Abdul Alem MOHAMMED School of Tourism, Hospitality and Environmental Management Univerisiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia


China is now enjoying fast growth of international tourism development, which contributes to creating a large amount of employment in the hospitality industry. Nevertheless, attracting and retaining talented students has become a significant problem in China due to a great proportion of HTM graduates fail to make their career decisions to work in the hospitality industry. It is therefore important to provide a value conceptual model that expounds on the theoretical relationships existing between motivational factors and students’ career decisions to enter the hospitality industry. This study contributes literature by clarifying the relationship between two motivational factors and students’ career decisions as well as by determining the moderating effect of an internship programme on such relationship.


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How to Cite
ZHANG, Hui; RASHID, Basri; MOHAMMED, Abdul Alem. The Moderating Effect on an Internship Programme on the Relationship between Motivational Factors and Students` Carrier Decision in the Hospitality Industry in China. Journal of Environmental Management and Tourism, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 4, p. 688-697, feb. 2017. ISSN 2068-7729. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 22 apr. 2024. doi: